Friday, July 19, 2013

It Takes A Team And All Day

13 hours 41 minutes after starting on Kodomari Cape on the main Japanese island of Honshu, Team Ocean-navi's 4-person relay finished on Shirakami Misaki on the northern island of Hokkaido.

It was a long haul, but Hiroko Minami (南浩子), Toshihiro Katsumata (勝亦俊弘), Michiko Ito (伊藤美智子), and Masaru Suzuki (鈴木優) battled the Tsugaru Current and finished to become this season's second successful wetsuit team across the Tsugaru Channel.

Patiently following one another hour after hour, the quartet never lost confidence that they would finish. It was only a matter of time given the generally calm conditions. Slowly but surely they made their way across the tricky channel, sometimes caught in eddies and pushed in unexpected directions.

Starting out before the sun rose, it took all day. And it was well worth the effort.

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